Agent20.com Launches Online Marketplace to Simplify Sports Travel Bookings for Teams and Hotels
New Service Will Connect Teams to Competitively Priced Hotels with Speed and Ease
AUBURN, AL, April 22, 2016 (Newswire.com) - Agent20.com, a competitive online marketplace targeting the sports travel sector, launched on April 7, 2016. The new company will take the stress out of planning team travel by allowing coaches and travel managers to create a virtual marketplace that lasts up to seven days and includes destination, travel dates, number of rooms, special perks, and desired quality level. Participating hotels can then log into their dashboard to review which teams will be coming to the area and their special requests. Interested properties will submit offers, perks and terms while the customers’ marketplaces are open. Once a hotel is selected as the winner, Agent20.com will distribute the customer details and the booking process can begin. To become one of Agent20.com’s featured properties or create a marketplace, please visit www.agent20.com.
“The youth sports travel market is a multi-billion dollar a year industry, and team travel can generate significant business for hotels,” said Jorg Wesche, CEO and Founder of Agent20.com. “But the entire booking process can be very time consuming for hotels and team travel managers. With Agent20.com’s competitive marketplace, the task of matching traveling teams with interested properties will be streamlined for both parties.”
Agent20.com currently serves teams and properties in the Southeast. Eventually the company will serve all of the United States and Canada. Hotels can sign up by creating a profile that includes available room types, current images, amenities, contact information, and taxes and fees. There is no monthly or annual fee to be listed on Agent20.com. Participating properties will be charged 10% of room revenue on all bookings they receive via the marketplace and will be invoiced seven days after the team’s departure.
When teams are ready to begin the process of securing rooms, the travel manager can log on to the website, create a new trip request, set the length of the marketplace, and then the offers will begin appearing. Once a marketplace is opened, hotels can begin submitting their offers which team travel managers will see in real time. Only the best three bids will be visible at once, and hotels can adjust their lowest available rates or provided perks to again show up as one of the three featured listings. The travel manager can choose to stop the activity at any time if he/she sees a deal that works with the location or their specific budget or wait until the marketplace closes to select a property. There is no cost for teams to use Agent20.com to find lodging.
Agent20.com was founded by Jorg Wesche, a 30-year veteran of the international luxury hospitality industry and president and owner of JW Marketing Consulting – a firm which specializes in sourcing hotels and venues and price negotiation for corporate clients and sports teams. Hospitality technology investor and entrepreneur Trip Schneck, founder of TIG Global and Hotelme.com, serves on the board of directors. Agent20.com is also advised by Jim Steeb, President of Lumens.com and former CEO of Skinstore.com; Owen Brown, former CEO of Sun Microsystems; and Bobby Lyons, Director of Online Marketing for Walgreens and former CTO of SkinStore, a Walgreens company. Agent20.com is initially focusing on the youth sports travel sector but it aims to capture additional segments, such as collegiate sports and other group-related travel. For additional information on Agent20.com, please visit www.agent20.com.
Founded in 2016, Agent20.com is a competitive online travel marketplace that streamlines the process of booking hotel rooms for traveling sports teams, eliminating the need for travel managers to make endless phone calls and conduct hours of online research. The service is currently available to teams and hotels located in Alabama but will expand into the Southeast later in 2016. To become a featured listing or to create a marketplace, please visit www.agent20.com.
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